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Doe Lea, Derbyshire

Doe Lea, Derbyshire
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Hardwick Hall

An Elizabethan Masterpiece

Built in 1590-9 by Robert Smythson for Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury.

Elizabeth was more famously known as ‘Bess of Hardwick’ one of the most formidable women of Elizabethan England and the matriarch of the Cavendish family.

Hardwick is one of the earliest English interpretations of Italian Renaissance architecture, and stands as one of the greatest of all Elizabethan houses.

Huge grids of glass are used to great effect in this rectangular, turreted building, which caused leading observers of that time to rhyme: ‘Hardwick Hall, more window than wall’.

The impressive twin towers are each crowned with a balustrade incorporating an ‘E.S.’ motif (for Elizabeth Shrewsbury) and, unusually, each of the 3 main storeys has a ceiling higher than the one below.

Hardwick boasts arguably the most spectacular Elizabethan interiors in England, with plasterwork by Abraham Smith, overmantels by Thomas Accres, and a classical screen by William Griffin, all dating from the 1590s.

Hardwick was transferred to the National Trust from Bess’s descendants, the Dukes of Devonshire, in 1959.

Grade l listed.

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Sea Dog Table
Circa 1575

Detail of the exquisitely carved so called ’Sea Dog Table’. Based on designs by Jacques Androuet du Cerceau a well-known French designer of furniture.

The Sea Dog table is one of the most important pieces of furniture in England.

Originally from France and expertly crafted out of French walnut featuring an inlay of Italian marble with gilded embellishments on top, the table was designed as a banqueting table.

A banquet would be the sweet course of an Elizabethan meal and the table breaks down into pieces so that it can be moved to wherever the banquet would be taken.

Technical Note
Shot through glass.
Date: 2018-05-03 06:20:51

Doe Lea Chesterfield Hardwick Hall Derbyshire England UK United Kingdom © John Ward Panasonic Lumix GH3 MFT Micro Four Thirds Micro 4/3 Countess of Shrewsbury Bess of Hardwick 9th Duke of Devonshire 9th Duchess of Devonshire Stately Homes Sea Dogs Tables Carvings Jacques Androuet du Cerceau National Trust Listed Building Grade I Listed

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A grand wood carving my favourites as always.
Nanny Chris 2018-05-03 23:58:19
[] Thanks Christine. You might enjoy this video:
Oxfordshire Churches 2018-05-04 06:27:09
How fascinating I have just watched the video and thank you for sharing.
There is a U3A wood carving class in North Dean I am thinking of joining.
Nanny Chris 2018-05-04 08:25:21
LOL at the thought of you with a chisel and mallet.
Oxfordshire Churches 2018-05-04 09:04:36
That's a bit cheeky but I'll let you off.
Nanny Chris 2018-05-04 17:29:58
Hmmmmmmmm ...
anuwintschalek 2018-05-04 18:59:54
[] Thanks Anu.
Oxfordshire Churches 2018-05-04 21:37:03

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